Many travelers are confused of about staying in Manila because they think it is not safe or there is nothing to do in the capital city of the Philippines. The city, also as known as Pearl of the Orient, has bad reputation for traffic and air solution. On the other hand, Metro Manila has beautiful and historical places to visit in Intramuros, dynamic nightlife in Makati City, and big shopping malls in Pasay. So I recommend you to see this ‘Dark City’. If you are not sure about where to stay in Manila, I am gonna tell you the best affordable hotels and comfortable accommodations.
If you are planning to travel to the Philippines, there is no escape from Manila. Because almost all flights land in and depart from Manila NAIA Airport. You have two choices. First, you stay in Manila and enjoy the tourist attractions and crazy nightlife. The second one is you just don’t go outside of the airport and leave there immediately. If you would like to see the capital of the Philippines and stay there, you should read this article which is about where to stay in Metro Manila, Makati, Malate, Intramuros, BGC, and Pasay City.
Also, I suggest you take a look at this article which is about The Best Places To Visit In Manila And Beautiful Attractions before you travel so that you can plan your vacation for this city easily.
Best Hotels And Affordable Hostels In Manila
Although some people, even Filipinos, say Manila is a very dangerous city, I haven’t experienced bad things in this ‘city of sins’, when I stayed in the capital of the Philippines many times. So you don’t need to be afraid of staying in this city, because in this blog, ‘Where to Stay in Manila’, you will find the best budget hotels and comfortable accommodations.
1- Makati – Where To Stay In Manila For Backpacker
Makati City is the one of the best places for backpackers and first-timers to visit and stay in Metro Manila because there are many good facilities you can reach 24/7. Makati is also a financial district of the country. They call it ‘Manhattan of the Philippines’. You will see many skyscrapers, big shopping malls, residences, luxury restaurants, and hotels in Makati City. So many people who live in that area are really rich.
Why would you stay in Makati? It is the heart of Manila nightlife. You can experience dynamic night clubs, good sports bars, rooftop bars with beautiful city views, cafes, especially in Poblacion and Makati Avenue. Even Red Light District is located in P. Burgos Street in Poblacion. Many sex workers and ladyboys look for costumer for themselves in the street.
Also, you can stay in Mandaluyong where is so closed to Makati, so you can easily get Makati for nightlife, shopping, dining, etc. There are really good residences and hotels with a swimming pool in Mandaluyong, which are cheaper than Makati, so always consider about Mandaluyong as alternative accommodation in the city.
Is accommodation expensive? Although Makati is the central business district of the country, you can still find budget hotels and hostels around here. Many foreigners and travelers choose to stop over here for a few nights or more.
Where is the Best Places To Stay In Makati Manila
There are many kinds of accommodation you may want here such as hotels with a swimming pool, free breakfast, jacuzzi, spa, bathtub, dormitory, etc. So you can choose one of them which is ok with your budget.
Cheap Hostels For In Makati (Below 1000 Pesos)
- Z Hostel: It is a very famous hostel with a rooftop bar near Burgos Street in Poblacion. Many backpackers and foreigners prefer to stay there to socialize and for Manila nightlife, so it is the best hostel in Makati.
- Zula Hostel: Even though it has an excellent location, you pay only around 10 USD for a night stay.
- Ladies Backpackers Hostel
- Bunk 5021 Hostel: One of the places to stay in Burgos Street, Poblacion, Makati.
- V – ROOMS Hostel: If you like shopping, that would be nice accommodation near Greenbelt Mall, Glorietta, and Ayala Triangle Park for you.
Affordable and Budget Hotels In Makati
- ZEN Rooms Marvelle Studios BGC: This place is so closed to Bonifacio Global City (BGC) in Taguig.
- San Agustin Residences: Safe and affordable place to stay near Burgos Street, so I highly recommend this residence.
- Citizen Hotel
- Hop Inn Hotel Makati Avenue
Luxury and Family Friendly Hotels In Makati
The all places below are very cozy and very well located, also they are good for family, couple or friends.
- City Garden Grand Hotel: It has nice a rooftop bar (Firefly Roofdeck) on the building.
- I’m Hotel: There is a rooftop bar (Antidote Bar) on the building.
- Makati Palace Hotel
- Makati Shangri-La
- Raffles Makati
- The Peninsula Manila
2- Malate – Where To Stay In Manila For Nightlife
Malate is another good place to stay in Manila because it has a very vibrant nightlife. There are good restaurants, night clubs, cafes, and bars, also Robinsons Mall, one of the biggest shopping malls in the city, is located here. Especially there are many bars, restaurants and night clubs Adriatico Street. Exklusiv is the most famous night club in the area.
Why would I choose Malate? Because it is a safe place for foreign tourists. And many attractions such as Rizal Park and historical places in Intramuros are near Malate, so it is a big advantage of staying in this area.
Where is the Best Places to Stay In Malate For Travelers Manila
There are many luxury and budget hotels for everyone, moreover you can find cozy residences. Aside from the links below, you can try to find affordable places by using Booking, Agoda, or Airbnb websites.
Cheapest Hostels in Malate
- Humble Hut Hostel
- HappyStay Philippines
- Tambayan Capsule Hostel & Bar
- Stay Malete (Wanderers Guest House)
Budget And Affordable Hotels in Malate Manila
- RedDoorz Plus near Vito Cruz
- ZEN Rooms Vista Taft
- A Homey Place At Adriatico
- Stay Amare Residences Malate
- Red Planet Mabini
Family Friendly Hotels and Accommodations in Malate Manila
- Titan Condo At Green Residences
- Malate Adriatico Street K&A House
- Maine City Residences
- OYO 121 Nakpil Hotel
- OYO 419 La Scala Residences
Luxury Hotels and Residences in Malate
3- BGC – Where To Stay In Manila For 2 Nights
BGC (Bonifacio Global City in Taguig), which is 15-20 minutes away from Makati by taxi without traffic, is also one of the safest places in the capital city of the Philippines. BGC is a developed district because BGC is a central business area like Makati. So there are good shopping malls, night clubs and bars for you to have a nice stay here. Especially visit Bonifacio Highstreet for dining or hanging out at night.
Where is the Best Places To Stay in BGC with Family
Accommodation in BGC might be a bit more expensive than the others, because it is a kind of financial center. But it has very good facilities such as hotels with swimming pool, bathtub, 5 starts, jacuzzi, buffet, free breakfast, Netflix to chill, etc in BGC, Taguig.
Best Places And Hotels in BGC
- Uptown Residences BGC by Central Flats
- McKinley Park Residences
- ZEN Home at Ican Plaze BGC
- Victoria SOHO Suites
Luxury Hotels in BGC
- Grand Hyatt: Grand Hyatt has an extremely excellent city view on the terrace of the building. Because it is the tallest building in the Philippines. So I suggest you see the rooftop at least.
- Shangri-la at the Fort
- Ascott Bonifacio Global City
4- Intramuros – Where To Stay In Manila with Family
Intramuros, also known as Walled City, is the old town of the capital of the Philippines, so it is a very historic places to visit in Manila. If you like to visit historical places, you should definitely see Intramuros, because there are many must see tourist spots in this area, moreover, it is closed to Ermita and Malate where have a good reputation for nightlife.
Since many tourists come to see Intramuros attractions, so this area is safe if you are planning to visit here alone. You can explore churches, cathedral, museum, Rizal Park (Luneta Park), old walls which are made by the Spanish before. So some places here might make you feel like you are in ancient Spain. It is small area, but it is really worth to visit while you are in Manila.
Best Places To Stay in Intramuros in the Philippines
Aside from foreign tourists, Filipinos also visit this place when they have free time. So you can also experience some Filipino cultures during your stay here. For example, you might witness the Filipino wedding ceremony at Manila Cathedral in Intramuros.
Cheap Hostels in Intramuros
Very Affordable Hotels in Intramuros
- RedDoorz near Robinsons Place
- CityZen Quiapo
- RedDoorz near SM and also near Quiapo Church
- OYO 399 Paragon Tower Hotel
- La Casarita
Best Rated Hotels and Accommodations in Intramuros
- Red Planet Binondo
- Leez Inn
- Sun Star Grand Hotel
- Best Western Hotel La Corona
- Casa Bocobo Hotel
- Hotel H2O
Luxury Hotels and Cosy Residences in Intramuros
5- Pasay City – Best Accommodations
Pasay is the famous city with casinos, Mall of Asia, residences, Manila Bay and NAIA Airport, so if you want to be closed to airport during your stay, you ought to decide this city for accommodations. You can also enjoy nightlife here, because great gambling clubs and dance club are situated in Pasay.
On the off chance, you visit MOA, I propose you go to the seaside as well because you can walk along the seaside and watch the sunset. Also, you take the Manila Bay boat tour. The other thing to do here is to go to Corregidor Island which is part of Luzon because it had a significant role during World War II. It was the base of the United States, and then the Japanese took the island, but finally, the US got it back again. So you can visit there and see some ruins from World War II. How to go to Corregidor Island? It takes around 1 hour by ferry from the port near Mall of Asia (MOA) in Pasay City.
Best Places to Stay in Pasay
If you ask where to stay to in Manila near airport or great shopping malls, my answer will be Pasay, because there are very nice hotels with swimming pools and residences you may stay especially near MOA. Pasay is also great located in the city because you can get transportation such as buses, jeepneys, MRT and taxis to wherever you want to go without any problem.
Cheap Hostels in Pasay
Budget And Affordable Hotels in Pasay
- The Hub District Garden Suites
- Courtyard Hotel
- Cornel’s Room Rental
- OYO 139 Starlight Bed And Breakfast
- Condotel Walking Distance to Airport (Terminal 3)
Mid-Range and Familt Friendly Hotels in Pasay
Luxury and Cozy Hotels in Pasay
6- Quezon City – Affordable Hotels
If you are still not sure where to stay in Manila, Quezon City in another option. This district, one of the biggest and crowded places in the Philippines, is located in the Northeast of the city center. It is a very energetic place to stay in Manila with youthful creativity, university students and local foods, also nightlife is very vibrant here.
Public transportation is very convenient in Quezon, especially in Cubao there are many bus stations to go to other cities in the Philippines. So if you are planning to travel North of the Philippines such as Baguio, Banaue, Batad Rice Terraces, Angeles City, Zambales, Pangasinan, Vigan, La Union or Baler, I recommend you to stay around here.
QC is also closed to Ortigas, which is a central business district located within the joint borders Pasig, Quezon City, and Mandaluyong. Moreover, one of the big shopping malls is located in the Orgitas Center if you want to go shopping.
Best Places to Stay in Quezon City Manila
Affordable and Cheap Hotels in QC for Backpacker
Family Friendly Hotels in QC
Luxury and Cosy Accommodation in QC